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Some Mysteries can be solved! Some Mysteries are worth the time, energy and effort!

Mysteries can be barriers to “accurate” knowledge.

Oh! So! You think You’re so SMART–a mystery solver, eh??

(NO! i am no mystery for You to solve Reader; am pretty honest/trusting here (and probably/most likely to my own eventual detriment. THANKS for RESPECTING MY PRIVACY aka Don’t mess with my privacy/(my protective barrier) aka Don’t try to fill in my blanks without my permission that i purposely leave out).

Now IF You’re interested in figuring out any spiritual mystery worth Your time…You may continue…IF YOU got the guts…to face the TRUTH.

Reader:) please enJOY 3 excerpted articles re: 1 “mysterious” topic: God. (my purple highlights)

Is God a Trinity?

[The Christian religion] “in its three classic forms of Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism acknowledges one God in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. According to Christian theology, this acknowledgment is not a recognition of three gods but that these three persons are essentially one.”​—The New Encyclopædia Britannica.

The doctrine and term “trinity” is no where to be found in the Bible.

THE TRUTH FROM THE BIBLE

Jesus, the Son of God, never claimed to be equal to or of the same substance as his Father. Rather, he said: “I am going my way to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am.” (John 14:28) He also told one of his followers: “I am ascending to my Father and your Father and to my God and your God.”​—John 20:17.

The holy spirit is not a person. Early Christians “became filled with holy spirit,” and Jehovah said: “I shall pour out some of my spirit upon every sort of flesh.” (Acts 2:1-4, 17) The holy spirit is not part of a Trinity. It is God’s active force.

WHY IT MATTERS

The Trinity, explain Catholic scholars Karl Rahner and Herbert Vorgrimler, “could not be known without revelation, and even after revelation cannot become wholly intelligible.” Can you really love someone who is impossible to know or understand? The doctrine of the Trinity, therefore, is a barrier to knowing and loving God.

“God is not a God of confusion.” (1 Corinthians 14:33American Standard Version) He has not hidden his identity from us. He wants us to know him. Jesus said: “We worship what we know.”​—John 4:22.

 If we view Jehovah as a distinct Person rather than a mysterious stranger, it is far easier to love him. “He that does not love has not come to know God,” says the Bible, “because God is love.”​—1 John 4:8.

[excerpted: The Lie That Made God a Mystery w 11 2013]

Origin of Trinity…

“The impression could arise that the Trinitarian dogma is in the last analysis a late 4th-century invention. In a sense, this is true . . . The formulation ‘one God in three Persons’ was not solidly established, certainly not fully assimilated into Christian life and its profession of faith, prior to the end of the 4th century.”​—New Catholic Encyclopedia (1967), Volume 14, page 299.

“The Council of Nicaea met on May 20, 325 [C.E.]. Constantine himself presided, actively guiding the discussions, and personally proposed . . . the crucial formula expressing the relation of Christ to God in the creed issued by the council, ‘of one substance with the Father.’ . . . Overawed by the emperor, the bishops, with two exceptions only, signed the creed, many of them much against their inclination.”​—Encyclopædia Britannica (1970), Volume 6, page 386.

What does the Bible Say?

“Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at God’s right hand. ‘Look! I can see heaven thrown open,’ he said, ‘and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God.’”​—Acts 7:55, 56The New Jerusalem Bible.

What did this vision reveal? Filled with God’s active force, Stephen saw Jesus “standing at God’s right hand.” Clearly, then, Jesus did not become God again after his resurrection to heaven but, rather, a distinct spiritual being. There is no mention of a third person next to God in this account. Despite attempts to find passages of Scripture to support the Trinity dogma, Dominican priest Marie-Émile Boismard wrote in his book À l’aube du christianisme​—La naissance des dogmes (At the Dawn of Christianity—​The Birth of Dogmas): “The statement that there are three persons in the one God . . . cannot be read anywhere in the New Testament.”

[excerpted: Myth 4 God is a Trinity w November 2009]

Should You Believe in the Trinity? Awake! August 2013 excerpted:

More than two billion people profess to be Christian. Most belong to churches that teach the Trinity—the doctrine that the Father, the Son, and the holy spirit together form one God. How did the Trinity become an official doctrine? More important, is this teaching in harmony with the Bible?

THE Bible was completed in the first century C.E. Teachings that led to the development of the Trinity began to be officially formulated in 325 C.E.—more than two centuries later—at a council in the city of Nicaea in Asia Minor, now Iznik, Turkey. According to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, the creed attributed to the Council of Nicaea set out the first official definition of ‘Christian orthodoxy,’ including the definition of God and Christ. Why, though, was it deemed necessary to define God and Christ centuries after the Bible was completed? Is the Bible unclear on these important topics?

When Constantine became sole ruler of the Roman Empire, professed Christians were divided over the relationship between God and Christ. Was Jesus God? Or was he created by God? To settle the matter, Constantine summoned church leaders to Nicaea, not because he sought religious truth, but because he did not want religion to divide his empire.

Constantine asked the bishops, who may have numbered into the hundreds, to come to a unanimous accord, but his request was in vain. He then proposed that the council adopt the ambiguous notion that Jesus was “of one substance” (homoousios) with the Father. This unbiblical Greek philosophical term laid the foundation for the Trinity doctrine as later set forth in the church creeds. Indeed, by the end of the fourth century, the Trinity had essentially taken the form it has today, including the so-called third part of the godhead, the holy spirit.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

Jesus said that “the true worshipers will worship the Father with . . . truth.” (John 4:23) That truth has been recorded in the Bible. (John 17:17) Does the Bible teach that the Father, the Son, and the holy spirit are three persons in one God?

 For one thing, the Bible does not mention the word “Trinity.” For another, Jesus never claimed to be equal to God. Instead, Jesus worshipped God. (Luke 22:41-44) A third line of evidence concerns Jesus’ relationship with his followers. Even after he was raised from the dead to the spirit realm, Jesus called his followers “my brothers.” (Matthew 28:10) Were they brothers of Almighty God? Of course not! But through their faith in Christ—God’s preeminent Son—they too became sons of the one Father. (Galatians 3:26)

Peace Mystery Solver:) 

1/17/19 @ 9:49 p.m.

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SL + ART?? Sl (ant) + art = slanted art.

“slart”…what could be categorized as “slart”?!…

(Let me START with myself: including my blog?!…LOL;) “art” in many form is…in the “eye” of the beholder? not calling myself an artist nor poet…things to which i aspire? perhaps:)!)

am a work in progress; that’s for sure!:)…hopefully at the hands of the Great Potter.

(some media is a lot of contrived ‘slart’ it seems, eh?)

Does slant = biased?!..is it more than a preference? or is it being prejudiced?

Which lens does an artist choose to use? What is his/her starting “point” ?

which angle? which slant?!

Also encapsulates:

to (cause to) lean in a position that is not vertical; to (cause to) slope:

Italic writing slants to the right.
The evening sun slanted (= shone with the light moving in a slopethrough the narrow window.

to present information in a particular way,especially showing one group of people, one side of an argument, etc. in such a positive or negative way that it is unfair:

The police claimed that reports in the media were slanted against/towards the defendant.
[Cambridge Dictionary]
Truth is the Target. Truth—my target—(and) my “accurate” destination. Truth is the target for which I aim. My personal priority/my spiritual battle is NOT with transient idea(s), culture(s), status, prestige, politics, etc.
How to read? (A Living Literacy?) A definite consideration, right?? or is it left?!
You know, an obvious, but not all languages read left to right like English. Hebrew is written right to left.
So, from my “spiritual” perspective: some things have to be read from the “correct” starting point…(for understanding).

 

Recently read this “courageous” experience and found it “Truth” “Faith” strengthening…as a person who accepts HaShem, Shem Hameforash, “Yahweh”.  (My family heritage is Lithuanian on my Mom’s side…including some Cherokee on my Dad, Isaac’s, side …my family background gravitates toward strong spirituality. My upbringing included Highly Valuing Scripture/God’s Word above man’s. Daily readings a routine. However, the emphasis was : Truth Transcends Tradition!)

“Buy truth and never sell it, also wisdom and discipline and understanding.”​—PROV. 23:23.

back to “Courageous” & encouraging experience read🙂

From his early years, a Jewish businessman named Aaron was taught that God’s name is not to be pronounced. However, Aaron had a thirst for truth. He was thrilled when a Witness showed him that by combining vowel points with the four Hebrew consonants of God’s name, it could be pronounced “Jehovah.” Excitedly, he went to the synagogue to share his wonderful discovery with the rabbis. Their reaction was not what Aaron expected. Instead of sharing his joy of learning the truth about God’s name, they spit on him and treated him as an outcast. His family bonds became strained. Undaunted, he continued to buy truth and served as a bold Witness of Jehovah for the rest of his life. Like Aaron, in order to walk in the truth, we are willing to pay the price of accepting whatever changes may occur in our social status or family relationships.

I don’t buy lies…and comes with a cost…which i’ve been paying. To me—it’s worth it! And having a conscience that lets One sleep soundly/peacefully helps lots. Being well-rested aids with decision-making, eh? 😉
Question for Reflection:
Do i value Truth over Tradition?
at times in life…we draw with melting crayon and perhaps, progress to extra-fine point-pen. De”pen”ds 🙂

further reading…pen? writer?..reader..

We do not find the truth in God’s Word without effort. We must be willing to make whatever sacrifices are needed to obtain it.

5, 6. (a) How can we buy truth without money? Illustrate. (b) How does truth benefit us?

Even something that is free may come at a cost. The Hebrew word translated “buy” at Proverbs 23:23 can also mean “acquire.” Both words imply making an effort or exchanging something for an item of value. We might illustrate the idea of buying truth this way. Let us say that a market advertises “Free Bananas.” Will those bananas miraculously appear on our table? No. We have to make the effort to go to the market to pick them up. Are the bananas free? Yes, but we must expend the effort and take the time to go to the market. Similarly, we do not need money to buy truth. However, we must make an effort to obtain it.

Read Isaiah 55:1-3Jehovah’s words recorded by Isaiah shed further light on what it means to buy truth. In this Bible passage, Jehovah compares his word to water, milk, and wine. Like a drink of cool, clear water, God’s words of truth are refreshing. Also, just as milk strengthens us and helps children to grow, Jehovah’s nourishing words strengthen us and help us to grow spiritually. Further, Jehovah’s words are also like wine. In what way? In the Bible, wine is associated with rejoicing. (Ps. 104:15) So by telling his people to “buy wine,” Jehovah assures us that living according to his words will make us rejoice. (Ps. 19:8) What a beautiful way to illustrate the beneficial effects of learning and applying God’s words of truth!

Another “Courageous” example…
Maria was swinging a golf club even before she was old enough to go to school. She continued to develop her golfing skills during high school and eventually earned a university scholarship. Golf was her life, and her goal was to enjoy a lucrative career as a professional golfer. Then Maria started to study the Bible, and she loved the truths she was learning. She was pleased with the changes that the truth helped her make in her life. She said: “The more I adjusted my attitude and lifestyle to the Bible’s standards, the happier I became.” Maria realized that it would be difficult for her to pursue both spiritual and material riches. (Matt. 6:24) She paid the price of giving up her lifelong goal of becoming a professional golfer and the prospects of gaining riches and fame. However, as a result of buying truth, she now […]enjoys what she describes as “the happiest, most meaningful life possible.” [excerpted readings: “Buy Truth and Never Sell It” w 11/2018]
Oh! joanie, a truth-seeker, huh?…yep, am “happily” going bananas! 🙂   
and Cheering—Keep Seeking Truth Reader:)

1/6/19 @ 6:03 p.m.

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on the move…

ready to go?
on a “spiritual” ride..:)

here’s an appetizer…aka “brief” readings (till i find/have time to share more; okay? 🙂 )

just a “friend” ly reminder: Hebrew “Yahweh” English “Jehovah”…

There is much more going on in support of Jehovah’s purposes than what we can see. For example, Ezekiel saw the invisible part of Jehovah’s organization depicted by a colossal celestial chariot. This chariot could move swiftly and change direction in an instant. (Ezek. 1:15-21) With each revolution of its wheels, the chariot could cover great distances. In vision, Ezekiel was also able to get a glimpse of the Rider of the chariot. He said: “I got to see something like the glow of electrum, like the appearance of fire all around . . . It was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of Jehovah.” (Ezek. 1:25-28) How awe-inspiring it must have been for Ezekiel to see this vision! He saw Jehovah in full control of his organization, directing its movement through his holy spirit. What an amazing representation of the heavenly part of Jehovah’s organization on the move!

Ezekiel (Hebrew, Yechez·qeʼlʹ) means “God Strengthens.”

That Ezekiel actually wrote the book that bears his name and that it has a rightful place in the canon of Scripture is not in dispute. It was included in the canon in Ezra’s day and appears in the catalogs of early Christian times, notably in the canon of Origen. Its authenticity is also testified to by the striking similarity between its symbolisms and those of Jeremiah and the Revelation.​—Ezek. 24:2-12​—Jer. 1:13-15; Ezek. 23:1-49​—Jer. 3:6-11; Ezek. 18:2-4​—Jer. 31:29, 30; Ezek. 1:5, 10​—Rev. 4:6, 7; Ezek. 5:17​—Rev. 6:8; Ezek. 9:4​—Rev. 7:3; Ezek. 2:9; 3:1​—Rev. 10:2, 8-10; Ezek. 23:22, 25, 26​—Rev. 17:16; 18:8; Ezek. 27:30, 36​—Rev. 18:9, 17-19; Ezek. 37:27​—Rev. 21:3; Ezek. 48:30-34​—Rev. 21:12, 13; Ezek. 47:1, 7, 12​—Rev. 22:1, 2. [excerpted: Bible Book Number 26–Ezekiel, “All Scripture Is Inspired of God and Beneficial”]

Including and excluded…

There are many things that Jehovah chose not to include in his written Word. For example, he did not provide details about how the brain works or how the universe functions, even though such information would have been very fascinating! Rather, Jehovah provided information that we need in order to understand his purposes and to live our lives in harmony with them. (2 Tim. 3:16, 17) How interesting, then, that the Bible does provide glimpses of the invisible part of Jehovah’s organization! We thrill at reading the descriptions of Jehovah’s heavenly arrangement written by Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel and in John’s Revelation account. (Isa. 6:1-4; Ezek. 1:4-14, 22-24; Dan. 7:9-14; Rev. 4:1-11) It is as if Jehovah pulled back a curtain and allowed us to peer into the heavens. Why did he provide this information?

Jehovah wanted us never to forget that we are part of a universal organization.
[excerpted: “Make Sure of The More Important Things” w 4/15/13]
1/3/19 @ 3:13 p.m.
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Of interest, hopefully, to You Reader:) or Any Hebrew–Actual or Spiritual:)

On January 30, 1995, the former Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel deliberately pronounced the divine name. He did this while reciting a tikkun, a Cabalist prayer of correction. This prayer is uttered so that God might restore a degree of harmony to the universe, which, according to the worshipers, has been disrupted by evil forces. The newspaper Yedioth Aharonoth of February 6, 1995, stated: “This is a liturgy of such incredible power that its wording appears only in a special booklet that is not sold to the public.” Invoking God’s name in this context is thought to lend special force to the request.

It is noteworthy that the Bible commands God’s servants to use the divine name, Jehovah. (Exodus 3:15– Then God said once more to Moses: “This is what you are to say to the Israelites, ‘Jehovah the God of your forefathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and this is how I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” ; Proverbs 18:10–“The name of Jehovah is a strong tower. Into it the righteous one runs and receives protection.*(Lit., “is raised high,” that is, out of reach, safe); Isaiah 12:4–“And in that day you will say: “Give thanks to Jehovah, call on his name, Make his deeds known among the peoples! Declare that his name is exalted.” ; Zephaniah 3:9–“For then I will change the language of the peoples to a pure language, So that all of them may call on the name of Jehovah, To serve him shoulder to shoulder.’*(Or “worship him in unity.”)

In the original Hebrew text of the Bible, that name appears almost 7,000 times. However, the Bible warns against misusing God’s name. The third of the Ten Commandments states: “You must not take up the name of Jehovah your God in a worthless way, for Jehovah will not leave the one unpunished who takes up his name in a worthless way.” (Exodus 20:7) How might God’s name be taken up in a worthless way? A commentary by The Jewish Publication Society notes that the Hebrew term translated “in a worthless way” can include not only “frivolous use” of the divine name but also “the recitation of an unnecessary blessing.”

How, then, should we view the Cabalist tikkun prayer of correction? What is its origin? In the 12th and 13th centuries C.E., a mystical form of Judaism, called Cabala, started gaining popularity. In the 16th century, Isaac Luria, a rabbi, introduced “tikkunim” into Cabalist liturgy. God’s name was used as a mystical charm with special powers, and it became a part of Cabalist ritual. Do you feel that this is a proper use of God’s name?​—Deuteronomy 18:10-12–“There should not be found in you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, anyone who employs divination, anyone practicing magic, anyone who looks for omens, a sorcerer, 11 anyone binding others with a spell, anyone who consults a spirit medium or a fortune-teller, or anyone who inquires of the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to Jehovah, and on account of these detestable practices Jehovah your God is driving them away from before you.”

However you answer that question, you will agree that the open utterance of God’s name in modern-day Israel was a most unusual event. Yet, God himself foretold: “In that day you will certainly say: ‘Give thanks to Jehovah, you people! Call upon his name. Make known among the peoples his dealings. Make mention that his name is put on high. Make melody to Jehovah, for he has done surpassingly. This is made known in all the earth.’”​—Isaiah 12:4, 5. [excerpted: The Divine Name Uttered in Israel w ’99]

Yadah Yahweh

(Afraid to Praise Yahweh by name?)…(not me aka spiritual Hebrew)…

Some of us, Fellow-Beautiful-Breathing-Life aka Fellow-Family -of-Humans continue our “on-going search” for “Truth” and to live it–what we discover; the best we can:)…and sadly, this makes some (very?)mad. 🙁

(and at me(?))

Reader:) please continue Your personal search for Truth…don’t give up.

i like this encouraging song: cause sometimes we find “pearls” of Truth in unexpected places, eh?

12/15/18 10:10 p.m.

 

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